Teacher Use of Punitive Discipline Practices: Influencing Factors and Considerations

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the frequency of classroom management practices.
  2. learn about factors influencing teacher use of punitive classroom practices.
  3. develop ideas for limiting barriers to positive classroom management practices.


This session reviews survey response data from nearly 3,000 teachers regarding their use of punitive classroom practices. Survey respondents were asked questions regarding their background and training, school and personal demographic information, and current practices. Teachers reported feeling like competent classroom managers, yet reported significant classroom behavior problems and using more punitive than positive classroom management practices. This session identifies factors related to the use of punitive practices and perceived barriers to positive practice implementation.



Kathleen R. King, University of California, Riverside
Wesley A. Sims, University of California, Riverside
Theresa M. Stewart, University of California, Riverside
Jenna L. Nguo, University of California, Riverside

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